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Ch 26: AP Biology - Laboratory: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Laboratory chapter of this AP Biology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master an understanding of laboratory biology. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of laboratory biology.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP Biology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP Biology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding cells and laboratory biology
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about laboratory biology
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the laboratory chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the laboratory exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any laboratory question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a laboratory unit of a standard AP Biology course. Topics covered include:

  • Artificial selection
  • Behavior of fruit flies
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell division and respiration
  • Energy processes
  • Mathematical modeling

14 Lessons in Chapter 26: AP Biology - Laboratory: Help and Review
Artificial Selection: Biology Lab

1. Artificial Selection: Biology Lab

Natural selection is a major way that evolution works, but what happens when humans get involved? In this lesson, we'll see how humans influence the characteristics of a population through artificial selection.

Mathematical Modeling - Hardy-Weinberg: Biology Lab

2. Mathematical Modeling - Hardy-Weinberg: Biology Lab

What is a scientific model? How can we create them? How can they be used in biology? In this lesson, you'll answer all of these questions as you explore how a model called the Hardy-Weinberg theorem can be used to predict how a population will change over time.

Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary Relationships with BLAST: Biology Lab

3. Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary Relationships with BLAST: Biology Lab

About 90% of human DNA is the same as mouse DNA, and that's a good thing. In this lesson, you'll explore how scientists use genetic similarities to determine how living things are related.

Diffusion and Osmosis: Biology Lab

4. Diffusion and Osmosis: Biology Lab

Molecules are always on the move thanks to kinetic energy. This energy makes diffusion and osmosis possible, two processes used by cells to maintain homeostasis. In this lab, we'll look how osmosis and diffusion work and what factors affect them.

Photosynthesis: Biology Lab

5. Photosynthesis: Biology Lab

Plants and other organisms that have the pigment chlorophyll can do something that no other living creature can - capture light energy from the sun and use it to make chemical energy through photosynthesis. In this lab, we'll see how we can set up an experiment to measure the rate of this important process.

Cellular Respiration: Biology Lab

6. Cellular Respiration: Biology Lab

Oxygen is essential to life. Without this molecule, we would not be able to complete cellular respiration, the process which creates much of a cell's energy. This lab will explore how we can quantify this process by designing a procedure to measure respiration in germinating seeds.

Cell Division - Mitosis and Meiosis: Biology Lab

7. Cell Division - Mitosis and Meiosis: Biology Lab

Organisms use cell division to replicate, grow, and, in the case of a process called meiosis, to make gametes for reproduction. This lab explores the processes of mitosis and meiosis through both physical and mathematical modeling.

Biotechnology - Bacterial Transformation: Biology Lab

8. Biotechnology - Bacterial Transformation: Biology Lab

Genetic engineering is responsible for medicines, pest-resistance foods, and even denim. In this lesson, you'll explore the process of bacterial transformation, one way in which scientists use genetic engineering to move genes from organism to organism.

Biotechnology - Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA: Biology Lab

9. Biotechnology - Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA: Biology Lab

As any amateur sleuth knows, DNA is an important part of crime scene analysis. But why is that, and how is it used in the lab? This lesson will explore restriction enzymes analysis of DNA and how it's used to 'fingerprint' suspects in a crime.

Energy Dynamics: Biology Lab

10. Energy Dynamics: Biology Lab

Even young science students know that energy flows through an ecosystem, from the sun to producers to consumers. But what happens, exactly, to that energy? This laboratory explores ecosystem energy dynamics by creating a very simple food chain.

Transpiration: Biology Lab

11. Transpiration: Biology Lab

Transpiration, movement of water from the roots to shoots of a plant, is crucial to a plant's ability to maintain homeostasis. This lab examines both the mechanism of transpiration and the effects of the environment on this important process.

Fruit Fly Behavior: Biology Lab

12. Fruit Fly Behavior: Biology Lab

Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, is a model organism used in many types of biology experiments. In this lesson, you'll explore how to design an experiment to see how this animal responds to an environmental stimulus.

Enzyme Activity: Biology Lab

13. Enzyme Activity: Biology Lab

The amount of energy necessary to start a biochemical reaction is called activation energy. Special proteins called enzymes lower activation energy, allowing life to exist. In this lesson, explore how enzymes work and see what conditions affect them.

What is Formaldehyde? - Definition, Uses & Structures

14. What is Formaldehyde? - Definition, Uses & Structures

Do you remember that liquid in a jar that you used in biology class to preserve the frog you dissected? That liquid contains a substance known as formaldehyde. In this lesson, we will learn more about formaldehyde, its structure and its other uses.

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